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♪ waco texas is under heightened state of alert this evening, following what is being called unprecedented violence against rival baker gangs. nine are dead and 18 others injured. >> horrible scene down there. so far 170 bike gang members have been arrested. they are be charged in engaging and organizing crime linked to capital murder. local authorities say they have never seen anything like it a shootout in a suburban shopping center. >> i saw everything from pistol casings to rifle casings, i saw knives, i saw a club there were pools of blood, probably one of the most violent gruesome crime scenes i have seen in 35 years of service. >> reporter: nine lives were
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lost. police say the fight began just before noon in a restaurant bathroom. it spread outside to the parking lot where police were standing by. >> we had wounded inside. we had people stabbed. we had people shot. and we had people beat. >> reporter: police say offersers and gang members were all firing. restaurant workers and families having lunch ran for cover. >> so i crawled back towards the freezer with a lot of the waitresses and some other people. it was really really scary. we didn't know if somebody was going to come back. >> reporter: the only victims were gang members. officials blame the violence on a turf dispute between two rival gangs. word quickly spread to other bikers. >> a bunch of dead bodies and a bunch of people being arrested. and then i start looking at my
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moan getting all of the texts. >> reporter: there are more than 300 outlawed motorcycle gangs in the united states. the bandidos is the second largest. the feds call them a growing criminal threat that is actually involved in the drug trade. >> those officers reactions to a hostile deadly situation saved our citizens lives yesterday afternoon. >> the texas alcoholic restaurant commission suspended the restaurant's license until it can review the situation. they said the managers there ignored warnings from police. >> let's bring in william delaney. the national president of the hell on wheels motorcycle club he is also a professor, and researches outlaw biker clubs.
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good to talk to you. officials blame the violence on a turf dispute between two rival gangs. this is like the crypts and the bloods? are they moral enemies here? >> not at all. it's too soon to really tell what is the cause behind this. i would suggest it's probably honor and identity. but at this point all we really know is two people made a mistake in a bathroom and it ended up being what it is now. it is an oversimplification to call it crypts and bloods at this point. >> honor and identity that sounds like other kinds of urban gang activity. wouldn't you agree with that? >> sure but any time we ever hear about this in the news it is after something like this happen. the vast majority of motorcycle clubs don't engage in this kind
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of activity and you will never hear about them. right now we can label them but there's a lot more gnawnuance in what is going on behind this. >> they showed up for what was supposed to be a peaceful meeting. it doesn't sound like a meeting to sort out differences between a land or turf dispute. >> it's called a confederation of clubs. they exist all across america. and clubs can come and peacefully meet in order to get dispute resolution accomplished. >> so why did they show up with guns? >> it's texas. show me someone at that restaurant that wasn't bare guns. >> is that really the answer? it's texas? >> listen, people protect themselves. it is texas. but motorcycle club members know what their situational awareness is out there, and unfortunately those weapons were there at the
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time. >> the department of justice says there are more than 300 so-called outlaw motorcycle gangs in the united states. what is an outlaw motorcycle gang? >> as a social scientist, that's nothing more than a motorcycle club that hold their own races, and do their own thing, and this was all the way back in the 40s. it has nothing to do with, quote unquote, out law activity. >> but it has come to be known that way, because it's the name given to these gangs by the justice department. >> sure. sure. but here is the thing, it's -- again, you have to tally the number of times this has happened and on the face of it it looks like a lot, right. but that's just a numerator in a fraction. we don't have a denominator.
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how many things did these people do on a daily ways with the sons of the anarchy system the way it is, but the reality is hardly anybody knows them outside of law enforcement circles, very few researchers have put out anything that is socially valid, what we call in science, so we have a cultivation of an identity through media, and primarily media. i'm not saying they are bad guys i'm saying hold the phone don't judge everybody. >> i don't .want to judge, but there are bad ams in the crypts and bloods and the whole group gets blamed. you have infiltrated these outlaw biker gangs in your research. what did you have to infiltrate them? is it because they were involved in some kind of criminality?
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>> no, i was -- i did my doctoral dissertation joining a, quote unquote, out law club. that was part of the human subjects approval for studying them, so i can't say the name. but infiltration is not the way i did. i was open to the bikers. and said hey, this is what i'm doing. i was openly researching. but i have got a lot of the 1% motorcycle clubs and a ton of, quote unquote, out law motorcycle club. >> you say the average outlaw biker member is uninteresting. how so? >> right. well, here is one of the reasons why it's a mistake to call motorcycle clubs gangs. gangs are highly organized. they have a constitution and bylaws and their meetings are
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run strictly in accordance with robert's rules. and it's administrative it's about what is going to happen next with the club. whether they are going to do a benefit run a poker run, or some other kind of run. it's really not that interesting. >> all right. so i want to believe you here. except for the fact that in waco texas nine of these guys are dead. so when i was in ferguson missouri during the protests there. there were white motorcycle guys with confederate flags on their bikes, riding through, just riding through. i thought of them as just sort of attention-seeking posers right in the media was there and they were riding through. i'm wondering now, was i wrong. are these bad guys looking to stir up trouble? what is your response? >> my response is it's tough to judge an entire sub culture of
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american society based on the actions of a few. >> can i have you say that one more time, please. >> it's not fair to judge an entire sub culture based on the actions of a few. and if we are to believe the numbersover 300 motorcycle clubs -- which have very difficult to verify. it's at least that many maybe more, but we're talking about thousands of individuals over -- well over a hundred years at this point, but the fact that this kind of bad thing happens, it's easy to paint the whole culture with a brood brush. >> help me with a profile. do they consider themselves patriots loaners? do they see themselves as defending an american way of life that they feel might be disappearing? are they extremists in some way or another? who are they?
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>> the vast majority are veterans veterans, and a big chunk of those folks are combat veterans. these are literally people who have been there and done that fighting for and defending our constitution. they are people that once you come back from warfare, you didn't fit in with society well. so you can get in with a bunch of people that are like you. and a brotherhood is replicated back here. so dominant society doesn't understand that combat vets generally speaking, they darn sure don't understand that they are bikers. >> you are right about that. william delainie professor thank you for your time. nine months ago the images were frightening, heavy equipment in the streets of
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ferguson missouri. mike viqueira joins us live now from washington. and this was a bit of a surprise decision. what changes are being made by the president? >> reporter: well tony you invoke that image of ferguson the heavily armed police military grade body armor to put down the unrest in ferguson it lead to wide-spread concerns that the federal program that gives the gear to local law enforcement across the country has run off of the rails. it has called the pentagon excess property program. since it's inception in 1997 it has put more than $4.3 billion of equipment on the streets of american cities just in the last year alone half a billion dollars worth of military equipment. so the president followed the recommendations of that task force that he put in place after
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ferguson, and banned some items and restricted some. here is just a smattering of the things that the president proposed banning today: now some of the restricted equipment that the president put forward today: and it does again, follow that task force mrengd mrengd -- recommendation which was released today. but the one thing the white house does want to give law enforcement, body cameras. they aloe -- allocated $75 million. now they want congress to give more for that purpose of body cameras. >> the announcement came as the
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president visited can -- cam -- camdan new jersey. why? >> it has been known as one of the nation's poorest and most violent and crime-ridden communities. about three years ago they decided they had had enough. they wanted to take new policing approaches across the board. they disbanded their city police department. they took on a country police department, brought them in and brought in these new techniques. and so now according to the president, according to the white house, camden has become a poster child for community policing. >> when communities aren't vibrant, where people don't feel a sense of hope and opportunity, then a lot of times that can fuel crime and that can fuel
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unrest. we have seen in places like baltimore and ferguson and new york and it has many causes from a basic lack of opportunity to some groups feeling unfairly targeted by their police forces. >> reporter: and tony not everybody is praising what has been done in cam done. the aclu in new jersey says the new techniques have lead to more arrests for lower-level offenses. >> mike thank you. federal investigators are still trying to figure out what caused last week's crash of an amtrak train in philadelphia. today the ntsb says the fbi has examined the wind shield of a loco loco -- locomotive. they have not ruled out that another object may have struck the train. coming up the pentagon
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calls it a setback. plus banning the ban on frac-ing. the governor of texas takes on local governments who want to stop the controversial method of drilling for oil.
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the u.s.-lead coalition, and iraq's shia militias are promising to help the iraqi military reclaim the city of ramadi. yesterday isil fighters seized the city. jamie jamie macintyre is live for us. >> reporter: as you might expect tony officials here at the pentagon trying to put the best face on this. but there is no way to sugar coat what was a stinging battlefield defeat. the pentagon insists the fall of ramadi is a temporary setback, not requiring a change in strategy or the introduction of u.s. ground troops and administration officials today
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including secretary of state john kerry speaking to reporters in seoul, south korea, insisted the city of ramadi would be quickly retaken. >> their communications have been reduced. their funding and financial mechanisms have been reduced, and their movements by and large most certainly where there are air patrols and other capacities have been reduced but that's not everywhere. and so it is possible to have the kind of attack we have seen in ramadi. but i am absolutely confident in the days ahead that will be reversed. >> reporter: on capitol hill today, the chairman of the senate armed services committee, republican john mccain was quick to say the fall of ramadi was the result of a flawed strategy. he issued a statement saying, quote:
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senator graham is calling for more u.s. troops on the ground to train the troops. that's not something right now that the u.s. is considering. tony? >> jamie, what does this say about the fighting ability of these u.s.-trained iraqi forces? and their ability to ultimately retake mosul, which seems six or eight months down the road. >> yeah, quite a ways down the road. so these troops were surrounded for almost a year. the u.s. has been pounding isil positions with air strikes. that's the whole strategy. but if they can't hold ramadi as you said just 70 miles from baghdad it really calls into question the ability to retake mosul.
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and we're seeing shia militias have moved into the area. they were instrumental in retaking tikrit when that was taken by isil and if it requires that kind of force it really calls into question the 7,000 trained troops already ready to go. >> thank you, jamie. now the capture of ramadi is a critical development in the fight against isil. it is the largest city in anbar province. it is also the capitol of the largest province. and the city is home to 500,000 people. and most who live there are sunni. mike lyon's good to see you. and the pentagon labels loss of ramadi a setback. is it more than that? >> no it is a significant loss. ramadi is key terrain. it controls supply routes to go
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to the north and the road going right into baghdad. this is a clear setback for the security of iraq. >> our colleague, zana hoda is on the ground reporting on this. she is telling us that shia militia groups or staging for an assault on ramadi. think about that. shia militias staging an assault. look the sectarian divisions that came to a boil in 2012, 2013, under the previous government, they are still very much there. >> yeah no question and you have isis who is fundamentally a sunni jihadist group as well. so this will be death and destruction. and the terrorism inside of ramadi has already started. >> what is the u.s.'s response? >> the united states has lost
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the ability to influence this battle. we had air strikes on saturday and that didn't help one bit. so while we might pound certain targets to the north, they are having no effects. we're unable to influence the battle on the ground at this point. >> i ask you this every time you come here why this is an important fight for the united states. why establishing some kind of control here is important for the united states and the region. >> first of all it's an ally in iraq, and it shows how we treat our allies and second of all, we can't have isil take over iraq, it would threaten saudi arabia and others in the region. >> is there a way to support without ground troops which seems to be a discussion we're going to hear more and more. i'm reading about this today, and i'm reading that air strikes alone won't get it done. >> the united states has to do more than just provide trainers.
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they have to go down to bebattalion level -- >> they seem unwilling to fight. >> they are. but 6,000 iraqi security forces were in ramadi. they have left. i have heard only about 150 isil forces attacking. so the numbers don't work here. the americans can perhaps make them feel confident, because they do have numbers on their side. >> does that mean more of a u.s. military presence on the ground there? >> absolutely. more advisory the number about 10,000 -- again, these are not troops that are going to necessarily be engaged in the front combat -- >> you just want more numbers -- you believe more numbers are going to be required. >> that's right. again, from a military perspective you look at this and go how is it possible that 6,000 are losing to 150 isil
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fighters. so how is that even conceivable that there's no leadership to stay and fight. >> and the president says the red line is no u.s. combat troops on the ground. do you think that holds? >> well, that holds when we don't want to do raid missions into syria. so that was a very risky mission to do that to begin with and to do that inside of iraq really stretches the limit. >> mike as always a pleasure. thank you sir. the issue of iraq is already influencing presidential hopefuls. south carolina republican hopeful lindsay graham all but announced he will join the run to lead the nation. david shuster joins us with more. >> lindsay graham said he will make a formal announcement on june 1st. he is considered something of a
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hawk. he has expensive experience in military affairs. this morning on cbs he explanned the rational for his candidacy. >> i'm running because i think the world is falling apart. i have been more right than wrong on foreign policy. it's my ability in my own manned to be a good commander in chief and to make washington work. >> graham's closest friend is john mccain, the 2008 republican presidential nominee. he has been urging senator graham to get into the race for months. he has engaged in talks with the obama white house on climate change, and closing guantanamo bay. >> in my view the democrats and
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republicans work together too little snp hostage. and when it came to radical islam, i would go after them before they come back here. >> he said the united states should send 10,000 troops and advisors back into iraq to help government troops launch a counter offensive against isil including the areas of anbar province. graham will be something of a long shot. he doesn't have the money or national organization of other campaign rivals. however, he is an engaging sort of guy. plus the south carolina primaries are one of those early crucial nomination contests and that is graham's home turf. >> oh yeah. who are the other republicans that will occupy the same lane as graham on foreign policy. >> if you were looking on this
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on paper, he has a gau va tas in talking about issues better than his younger colleagues. >> david thank you. more protests in seattle. hundreds of activists spend the morning trying to stop work on a huge floating oil rig. plus harsh words from secretary of state john kerry on kim ki-jong and his reported public executions.
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♪ the state of texas has taken a stand on frac-ing. this new ban on frac-ing bans takes place immediately. how did this bill actually come about?
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>> this bill focuses on one small suburban community called denton. and last november 3rd out of five voters voted to ban frac-ing within their city limits. it sits atop the barnett shale. and that brought all of the operators to town and as of late last year there were three gas wells for every square mile of land in denton. people living there said they were tired of the nuisance and the noise and what they perceived as the health threats. so they passed this voter referendum to ban frac-ing. but that ban lasted a very short time, just six months because the state of texas immediately vowed to fight the local ordinance. indeed they did. the bill passed through both chambers republican controlled without any problem, as of today
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with the governor's signature, that ban of ban on frac-ing has been passed. >> what does this mean for denton and the rest of texas? >> benton's ordinance now banning frac-ing is immediately unenforceable. so a spokesperson for the city said basically it means operators can resume frac-ing operations immediately. and we know operators were hoping and expecting this ban to be overturned so they are poised to return to frac-ing immediately. this law says that no municipality or local government can pass any sort of ban restricting oil and gas production underground. so denton make the first city to ever ban frac-ing and as of today it is also the last. >> so might we see some legal challenges to this law?
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>> when i spoke with that denton spokeswoman today, she said they do not plan on challenging the state over this law. it's just too big of a giant for them to slay. what they are hoping for is that portions of their existing ordinance that restricts frac-ing on the ground such as a rule that says wells have to be at least 1200 feet away from homes, she hopes that will stick, but even that is up in the air, because this state law, tony is so -- is worded in such a wide manner that it is really up to determination. >> heidi zhou castro thank you. four more on the controversial moves states are doing to promote or roll back shale oil drilling. let's turn to ali velshi. >> pro-oil lawmakers are trying to put the breaks on cities local bans on cities. more cities are enacting restrictions as they worry about either earthquakes or pollution.
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in oklahoma some residents have called for frac-ing to be banned in oklahoma after a spate of earthquakes that scientists blame on disposal of wastewater. oil companies have been complaining that local restrictions on drilling create an unmanageable patch work of rules. other officials have been complaining that the rules hit jobs and hurt local economies. so we're seeing conflicts over local control of frac-ing in places like colorado and pennsylvania and new york tony. >> but the conflicts over frac-ing in new york are the opposite of what we're talking about in -- texas. >> that's right. frac-ing has been banned by the democratic state government in new york, but a few towns that want the economic benefits of drilling are fuming. they have come out with a proposal to counter the state's
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frac-ing ban. they are talking about seceding with the state. so i'll have to find out the impact that has on my tax situation, but pennsylvania has no such state-wide ban on frac-ing for oil and gas. >> so else do you have coming up tonight? >> great show tonight, we're looking an unaffordable housing in some of america's biggest cities. some people are pointing fingers at foreign investors. we're looking ativan kufr. the canadian city is ranked the second most unaffordable city in the world, and some are saying it is because of the chinese. >> i can't work. thank you, sir. >> thank you, buddy. protesters say they are determined to stop work on a shell oil rig in the sort of seattle. this morning several hundred tried to block entry into the
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facility. the demonstrators want to prevent the royal dutch shell rig from heading to the arctic. environmentalists are arguing drilling there could create a catastrophic spill. alan schauffler is in seattle. i guess this is seattle's terminal 5? >> reporter: port of seattle's terminal 5, absolutely. and there it is right there the polar pioneer. that's what it is all about. the mayor, the city council, the planning department don't want it here but shell is here prepping for a mix up above the arctic circle. protesters got together today and marched on the port. they said they wanted to blockade the facility and stop all work from happening, but
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that didn't exactly happen. this is a continuation of three days of anti-oil festival that was held here in seattle. these folks wanted one more chance to make their point. >> no people deserves this. they are draining our earth dry of this precious resource and we need to stop it for the generations to come. if we do not stop this today, we will be extinct like so many species already are this >> reporter: do you really think you can stop work here? or is this really a good symbol? >> no, we're going to do it. all three gates are blocked, and we're going to put our message out to the planet that we need to take care of ourselves. >> reporter: how long are you prepared to stay today? >> as long as we have to. >> reporter: that gentlemen told us he was ready to stay all day, all night, and all day tomorrow he had two pairs of depends he
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was wearing. but there was no need to use them because they came and work progressed. >> what kind of impact could these protests actually have on seattle's -- it really is a busy maritime industry there. >> reporter: really busy maritime industry. it's not clear what kind of impact the protests themselves might have but those protests have clearly put pressure on the politicians in the city and there has been a ruling from the planning department that shell and the company doing the work don't have the proper permits for doing this kind of work in anticipation of a trip to the arctic. so we have spoken to people in the maritime industry that say that sets an interesting precedent, because there are big customers for all of sthoertz
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facilities here who have long-term leases and a lot of people are looking and saying what about that contract i signed? so there is some concern in the maritime industry that this might have an impact down the road on other businesses and by another token if it's specifically response to special interests street politics then what kind of precedent could that set for future issues on politicians who control the regulatory regulatory process. >> alan thank you. humpback whales are making a comeback. now oil drilling may be a motivating factor to remove some protections. >> reporter: this is monterrey bay. this is one of the prime spots in the world to come look for
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the humpback whale. they do amazing stuff. but now the question before the government and national orb orb antic atmospheric organization is whether to take these species off of the endangered list. already these animals regularly swim through the crab traps here. 40 to 60% of these animals carry scars from these traps. will it put them into greater peril to take them off of the list? that's really the question. we'll explore that in greater detail later tonight. the marine corps is investigating a weekend crash in hawaii that killed one person. it went down sunday afternoon at bellos air force station near
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honolulu. the military says the aircraft is based at camp pendleton. 21 other people aboard the aircraft were hospitalized. secretary of state john kerry says the u.s. and china could soon impose tougher sanctions against north korea. kerry said the u.s. offered the north a chance for an improved relationship but kerry says north korea is not even close to limiting the nuclear program. >> as we see kim ki-jong engaging in these extraordinary, provocative activities building nuclear weapons against all of the u.n. conventions and everything that we have tried to prevent together with the six-party powers russia china,
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japan, et cetera. it's dangerous. and nobody quite knows what a reckless person like this fella will do. >> kerry discussed other cyber security and other issues with south korean leaders. harry fawcett has more from seoul. >> reporter: john kerry talked about two recent events in north korea as he referred to the reckless abandon with which the leadership was acting. he said the successful launch of a ballistic missile nine days ago was in flagrant violation of obligations. and the alleged execution of one of the most senior military figures, by form of anti-aircraft fire was the latest in a stories of grizzly, horrendous grotesque executions in public in north korea and he gave a very strong signal that the united states would see
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efforts to refer north korea to the international criminal court. and he said iran provided a model in recent successes over the nuclear program. and there has been some change in the language by washington offered in recent months. rather than talking about having first to show concrete evidence of denuclearization he is now talking about the leadership sending a signal that is willing to engage seriously on denuclearization. there has always been word from north korea saying that the president of south korea was a viper. >> the european union says it is prepared to use military force to try to slow the flood of migrants trying to cross the mediterranean. under a plan approved today, the
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e.u. says it will target the boats used by human traffickers. the e.u. says corroboration with libya where many smugglers will be based will be vital. but the e.u. said the crackdown could begin next month. the president of burundi is shaking up his government after last week's failed coup attempt. today he fired three members of his cabinet, including his defense minister. demonstrators were back on the streets protesting the third term in office. >> reporter: it's interesting watching people hear the news on the local radio station about the new appointments. they knew that the president was going to make changes if he survived an attempted coup. but the new defense minister is a civilian not someone who necessarily knows about military matters. so they are now asking what is the game? what is the long-term plan? most of them seem to understand
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or know that the president will likely appoint people he thinks he can work with more importantly, people he thinks he can trust. and they won't try to stab him in the back. opposition members say they will still carry on trying to protest, because they say they don't want him to run for a third term. but there are concerns the foreign ministry has announced anyone who goes on to the streets against the president will be considered to be working with the alleged coup plotters. the protests on monday have been fairly small on different parts of the capitol. but the big fear is that a lot of protesters say they are staying away for now, waiting to see what happens. their fear is that they anticipate a huge clampdown on anyone who goes on to the streets. >> wide-spread fighting as
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returned to yemen after a five-day ceasefire expired last night. hashem ahelbarra reports now. >> reporter: fighters opposed to the houthis are on the offensive here the central province was seized by houthi fighters a few months ago. it has recently become a houthi base in their push to capture the southern cities. fighting resumed after the humanitarian ceasefire expired sunday night. houthis are shelling pro-government troops in ta'izz and aden as the war goes on millions of yemenese are facing hard times. this province isn't the only area grappling with fuel food and water shortages. the united nations and the international community are pushing for another truce so
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that aid can reach the war wounded. the iranian navy is escorting a cargo ship december stated for this port. it is said to contain tons of humanitarian aid, but saudi arabia accuses iran of helping the houthis. >> so all in all we need a very serious concerted international effort to deal with yemen. and of course the political solution is the only solution so that's why we believe that interyemeni dialogue should take place as soon as possible. >> reporter: talks are underway in riyadh. but the houthis aren't taking part. they dismiss the riyadh gathering as irrelevant. the united states which is fighting al-qaeda in yemen,
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fears more instability if the power vacuum exists. >> without a political settlement without a government that can continue to move the parties towards the conclusion of the transition then that would be very difficult. however, i'm optimistic that the yemeni people when given a chance all parties will be able to come to an agreement. >> the united nations has invited all political tarties to meet in geneva to negotiate a peace deal. yemen's warring factions have failed to agree on a way to move forward. all decisions made by the houthis after they took over power should be crap -- scrapped. calls rejected by the houthis who insist they have the backing of the people. a legal victory for google today. a san francisco woman tried to have an anti islamic film that
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she acted in removed from youtube after receiving death threats. but a court says that google should not have to take it down. it is sample message to people who dream big but are too afraid. we visit the courage wall where people confront their fears and then move on. plus the london underground, trying to find a new future.
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♪ in alexandria virginia a giant chalkboard is letting people scribble out what is on their minds. the woman behind it says it is meant to inspire hope. >> great job with that wall.
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it's beautiful. >> reporter: it's nothing more than a simple blackboard transformed into what its creator hopes will be a starting point for those wishing to change their lives, but so far unable to take that first step. it's called the courage wall. using chalk. pass ers by finish the sentence i wish i had the courage too -- with their own secret hopes and dreams. nancy created the wall. >> so i realized that in my own life, my own courage was lacking. i think the conversation resinates with everybody, because everybody has got their fear that they hide deep inside. >> reporter: fears holding us back. >> for me it's just to do better than what i'm doing every day, particularly impacting on the lives of others that are less fortunate. >> i wish i had the ability to
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reach my utmost potential. >> i have learned in that time if you are bold and you take risks, you can make amazing things happen in the world. >> reporter: she never imagined her little chalkboard would be such a big success. on most days the board fills up within hours, so belmont created an online version, hashtag, welivebig. >> we have a hashtag and instagram account. >> this board is the first step? >> it is one way to take a first step. but you can do it at home. write on a scrap of paper and put it on your frig and share it with your friends. you just need to make the declaration. >> reporter: to erase past fears. david shuster is here for a
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look at what is doing up. >> tonight at 8:00 we will take a closer look at the stunning capture of ramadi. iraqi forces say they are planning a counterattack, and it may be crucial. we'll explain why this city is so important. also we have new details on a u.s. special operations mission that killed a high-ranking isil commander. and in texas more than 150 bikers are under arrest. plus authorities in waco are explaining why they are arresting so many members at one time. and we'll look at biker gangs across the united states. and hundreds of squatters in the middle of the california desert fear they way of life is about to change. and one story about being arrested just for dancing. ♪ bring me down ♪ >> reporter: the director of the movie "desert dancing," talks
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about young iranians risking freedom to live out their dreams. >> david thank you. there is a piece of british history, 60 feet below the streets of london. it was once a bustling train station then it became winston church churchhill's bunker. >> reporter: a group of tunnels snake their way under london. new routes leaving the past behind. down street station closed nearly 90 years ago, too close to other stations passenger numbers dwindled. but during the second world war, the prime minister used the station to meet his war cabinet. he even slept here sometimes. the site was top secret where
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decisions could be made and messages sent. >> 25 or staff down here that would have been protected by soldier, and military escort down here as well. it would have been a very busy place. >> reporter: you get a real sense of history coming down into these new empty tunnels. at one time though they would have been packed with people. but even now you can still hear the pick dilly line training rumbling along. some of this site along with several other former stations are being put out to tender for commercial use. >> this is a unique space within london. it has not been used by passengers since may 1932. it is where churchill's war cabinet met. it's a unique location history, and space. >> reporter: decades after down
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street's demise this part of london's history would once again be revived. the echos of the past though will never be far away. listen to this story, more than halfway through his second term, president barack obama has joined twitter using a new at potus account. he wrote, quote,: the president has over a million followers including bill clinton who welcomed him with a question, quote? the president played along, replying: that's all of our time thanks for being with us.
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i'm tony harris. thanks for watching. david shuster is back in just a couple of minutes. [ laughter ] ♪
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hello, everybody this is al jazeera america. i'm david shuster in new york. taken. isil captures a major city in iraq sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, and underscoring the limitations of u.s.-lead air strikes. limited force. [ gunfire ] local police will now have less of that heavy military hardware from the pentagon will the change improve community relations. gang violence. >> it was just a very